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UC Davis Students to Split $1 Million in Pepper Spray Settlement

Each of the 21 sprayed students will receive $30,000, but others can file claims, according to the Sacramento Bee. Legal fees amount to $250,000.

The University of California regents will pay out about $1 million to settle a lawsuit with 21 plaintiffs over last November’s pepper spraying of students on the quad.

Any Novato parents of UC Davis students or Davis grads want to weigh in on that ruling?

The deal also calls for a written apology from Chancellor Linda Katehi to each student who was pepper sprayed, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Here's the full settlement (PDF) and the ACLU's full press announcement.

Here are a few noteworthy bits from the settlement:

  • Each of the 21 plaintiffs will receive $30,000, with a total payout of $630,000, according to the Bee.
  • The agreement makes the suit a class action, which means other pepper spray students may submit claims and receive up to $20,000. Five to ten more claimants are expected, hence the estimation of $100,000. Their payout will depend on the total number of students who come forward.
  • The UC Regents will also pay $250,000 in legal fees.
  • Students will receive counseling for any academic issues that arose as a result of the pepper spray.
  • It still must be approved by a federal judge.
  • The deal also allots $20,000 to the ACLU for legal fees to review and provide input on UC-Davis policies on handling demonstrations.

The Sacramento Bee has a detailed article about today's news. A press conference will be held this morning at UC Davis. We'll continue to provide updates. 

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mike jones September 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Dear aclu you are a bunch of scumbags. now for the protesters you don't deserve 20k what a joke our court system is maybe a few hundred dollars buy 20k give me a break now uc davis has to raise its school fees to pay for this lawsuit.
Milan Moravec September 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM
With the influence of UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau, Provost George Breslauer deployed excessive force by campus police - rammed baton jabs - on students protesting Chancellor’s doubling of resident tuition. Sack (honorably retire) dysfunctional Provost Breslauer. Birgeneau resigned. Email a message to UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu and Calif. State Senators and Assemblymembers.

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